About Ski Pass Options in Meribel
There are a number of different ski passes available in Meribel. Prices vary according to your age, how many of you there are, what areas you'd like to ski in, how many days you want to ski and the time of year. Planning ahead can help you make the most of your Meribel ski holiday and hopefully save you some money too.
|Which Ski Pass to buy in Meribel|
|Adult Pass||An adult pass is for people aged 13-64 years|
|Child Pass||A child pass is for children aged 5-12 years (under 5's are free)|
|Family Pass||Family groups must comprise of at least 2 adults and from two to seven children. Everyone pays the child's rate.|
|DUO Pass||Passes for 2 people for 6,7 or 8 days for the same ski area bought at the same time|
|TRIBU Pass||Passes for 3+ people for 6,7 or 8 days for the same ski area bought at the same time|
|3 Valleys Pass||Full area pass, including Courchevel & Val Thorens|
|Meribel Pass||Local area pass, suited to beginners and intermediates|
|Meribel Mini Pass||A beginner specific ski pass covering a small part of the Courchevel ski area|
There are two lift-companies in the Meribel valley, depending on whether you are staying in Meribel-Mottaret or Meribel. Make sure you get your pass from the right one if you're picking your pass up in resort, otherwise you'll have a trek to get to the right office.
You can buy your Meribel-Mottaret or Meribel passes online but before you buy anything we recommend you check the weather forecasts on arrival, or speak to your accommodation provider who should be able to advise you of the best options - before you spend money on the wrong kind of pass for you or if the weather will be inclement.
3 Valleys ski-passes (Full area)
The 3 Valleys is the largest linked ski area in the world and anyone of intermediate ability and above usually takes advantage of the full area 3 Valleys Pass. It offers unlimited access to 180 lifts, 600kms of piste and 8 resorts: Meribel/Mottaret, Courchevel, La Tania, Val Thorens, Les Menuires/St Martin, Orelle and Brides Les Bains.
Also see: Ski Areas in Meribel
Meribel Valley ski-passes (Local area)
The local area pass, Meribel Valley Pass, covers, as the name suggest, the Meribel valley. Situated at the heart of the 3 Valley’s skiing area the Meribel valley has 150km of piste in its own right. If you are a complete beginner or have 1-2 weeks of skiing or boarding experience, you will probably find that the Meribel Valley pass has more than enough to keep you challenged and entertained during your stay. There is also a 3 hour Meribel Valley pass, valid for 3 consecutive hours of skiing starting any time.
Also see: Ski Areas in Meribel
Both the full area, 3 Valleys Pass, and local area, Meribel Valley Pass offer discounts for groups of skiers. If you're skiing in a group of two or three you can buy a DUO or TRIBU ski pass. All the passes must be bought at the same time online, for the same ski area and duration (6 days or more), in one payment, to receive the discount.
Family Ski Passes
The 3 Valleys Pass offers a specific family discount. Family Ski Pass packs are available, where everyone pays the child's price. There needs to be a minimum of 2 parents + 2 children (5-17 yrs) plus you can add on any extra children (up to a maximum of 7) at the same price per person.
To benefit from the discount at least 4 ski passes must be bought at the same time for the same duration (6 days or more) and ski area. Proof of age will be required and each member of the family will have their own hands free pass. Children and seniors require proof of age either at the moment of sale or in resort. Ages on the first day of skiing are taken into account.
Depending on where you are staying, there is a Meribel or Meribel-Mottaret version of the pass and it is available for either the local area Meribel Valley only or for the full 3 Valley area, at all times of the season. There is also a 20% discount offered off the adult prices for children aged 5-13 years.
Most beginners will buy a local area Méribel Valley lift pass which covers 150km of piste but also gives the option of buying a one-day extension for the full area 3 Valleys. Another alternative for beginners is to buy a pass which covers approximately half of the Meribel valley and is slightly cheaper than the full Meribel Valley pass. If you are staying in Mottaret you will buy a Mottaret Pass, and if you are staying in Meribel, you will buy the Meribel Alpina pass.
Meribel Mini Pass
An even smaller area of the Meribel Valley is covered by the Mini-pass. Complete beginners who want to save money might consider using the free beginner lifts for the first day or so, and then progress to buying a Mini-pass which give access to a limited number of the gentler slopes in Meribel & Mottaret. The disadvantage of this is that you will need to queue up each day to buy your day pass, and if you are in ski school lessons, your instructor may decide to take the group to another area which is not covered by your pass. It is generally easier to buy a week-long pass.
Also see: Beginner Ski Areas in Meribel
With both a local area or a 3 Valleys pass you have access to the snowparks in the Meribel valley - the DC Area 43 park, the Elements park and the Plattieres park, The 3 Valleys pass also includes access to the family park in Courchevel, plus 2 more snowparks in Val Thorens and Les Menuires.
Also see: Snowparks in Meribel
Early and late season
If you visit Meribel in the first 2 or the very last week of the season, you will benefit from reduced rates on your lift pass. However, depending on snowfall, this is usually accompanied by a reduced ski area.
Whether you are skiing alone or with friends you can benefit from a discount on a Saturday only pass. The offer applies only to online purchases and gives you up to 20% off the normal price.
Under 5's and over 75's can use the lifts for free, whether on foot or on skis in Meribel and the 3 valleys. Proof of age will be required at the point of sale and a photo is also required, these can be taken at the ticket office in resort. Although the pass is technically free you'll need to pay 3 euros for a hands free card to access the lifts.
There are several free lifts for beginners in the valley. In Meribel they are Loupiot, Cotes drag lift (at le Rond Point) Altiport drag and Fontany telecord. In Mottaret you will find the Doron and Sitelle drag lifts as well as the Telecorde and Chalets gondolas (also for pedestrians). NB not all of these are marked on the lift map.
Cross country ski trails are free to use and you can pick up a guide booklet and map from the Tourist Offices to show you where they are. The pistes are maintained each night and walkers are requested not to use the marked cross country trails across the whole of the 3 Valleys.
Also see: Cross-country Skiing in Meribel
Season and annual passes vary in price depending on how early you buy them, your age, and if you're in a couple, a trio or a family. Photos are required for all annual and season passes.
Pedestrian rates are available for 1-21 day duration lift passes, one-way trips or you can buy a season ticket. These passes can only be bought at one of the Ski Pass Offices.
Also see: Maps of Meribel
3 Vallées Liberté
If you are a regular skier in Meribel and the 3 Valleys then the 3 Vallées Liberté card may be of interest to you. Anyone that skis at least 8 (non-consecutive) days a season can benefit from the total freedom to ski whenever they want without having to pass by the ticket office each time. Payment is debited directly from your bank account after you have enjoyed your day on the slopes and you can check your account on-line anytime. The more you ski, the greater the reductions you can accumulate (10% - 15%) and on your 9th ski day is free (then every 6 days).